August 10, 2014
IMX & IM Ready is not mandatory for swimmers. It is a way to motivate swimmers to step outside their comfort zone and try new events. And the bonus is that you can then see where you stand among other swimmers in your age group who are competing in the same program. You do need to have Deck Pass which is free. All you have to do is see which age group you fall into, swim the events listed at least one team during the short course or long course season. Once you have swam all the events listed for your age-group, you will receive your ranking. We do have a meet in Novemeber that is only for IMX and if you have at least 1500 points, you are eligible to compete.
IMX is a motivational program that allows swimmers across the nation to compare themselves to the thousands of other athletes in their age group. All you have to do is swim a combination of events, at least one time per season, and USA Swimming will automatically give you your ranking!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Participation in the IMR and IMX is easy. USA Swimming automatically scores and calculates results for all athlete members! Swimmers only need to sign up for a Deck Pass Account, then compete in each required event, at a sanctioned meet, at least once in a season.
IM READY (IMR)
The first step in the IMX Challenge is IM Ready (or IMR). To get
"IM Ready," swimmers compete in a series of five events at shorter
distances. Below, we've listed the line-up by age groups.
9 & Under; 10-year olds: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)
11-year olds; 12-year olds: 200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
Once you've swum each event at least once at an official meet, you can log-in to your Deck Pass Account, and find out where you rank against all the other swimmers on your club team. You do not need to complete the IMReady program to participate in the IM Xtreme. It is simply a stepping stone.
IM XTREME (IMX)
Ready to move forward? The next step is IM Xtreme (IMX). The IMX
ranking includes a series of five or six events at longer
distances. Once you've completed the IMX program, you can find out
where your IMX score ranks nationally, within your zone, within
your LSC rank and on your club.
9 & Under; 10-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
11-year olds; 12-year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM